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Global airline capacity up 5% in Mar-2010: OAG

11-Mar-2010 11:43 AM

OAG stated (10-Mar-2010) the world’s airlines reported a 5% year-on-year increase in seat capacity and a 4% increase in frequencies to 303.1 million seats and 2.46 million scheduled flights, respectively, in Mar-2010. According to OAG, the highest percentage change in seat capacity to/from a region was Africa, with a 19% increase in the number of seats, while traffic within North America remained the only region reporting declines, with a -2% fall in both seat capacity and frequencies. Details include:

  • Within Asia: scheduled services +10%, capacity (seats) +9% year-on-year;
  • To/from Asia: +5%, +5%
  • Within Middle East: +16%, +17%;
  • To/from Middle East: +11%, +11%;
  • Within Africa: +6%, +7%;
  • To/from Africa: +18%, +19%;
  • Within Europe: +1%, +2%;
  • To/from Europe: +6%, +4%;
  • Within North America: -2%, -2%;
  • To/from North America: +2%, +1%;
  • Within Central & South America: +15%, +18%. [More]

UBM Aviation: “March capacity is rebounding and 2010 exceeds not only that of a year ago, but of the same month in 2008, before the start of the global recession. This growth in worldwide capacity signals increased confidence in travel demand,” Peter von Moltke, Chief Executive Officer. Source: UBM Aviation, 10-Mar-2010.